Dreamcore and Miss Teen Crypto

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Meet Miss Teen Crypto, teen TV has a new queen bee, Rickey Thompson covers Nylon, the Telfar x Uggs collab is here (who’s buying a $390 fleece tall boot in June?), and…

HALF OF YOUNG PEOPLE RECKON ONE NIGHT STANDS ARE A ‘THING OF THE PAST’

A survey of 2,900 Gen Z and millennials found that 51% believe one-night stands will become a thing of the past post-pandemic, and are instead “yearning for something more ‘substantial.’” Hmmmmm. i-D // Related: VICE’s Dating Scene Report, Summer 2021 Edition (their entire “How To Be Hot” package is brilliant…“it's not a set of rules—it's a state of mind”)

WHAT IS ‘DREAMCORE’ AND WHY IS IT ALL OVER TIKTOK?

The suddenly inescapable aesthetic feels like a strange dream that suddenly turns into a nightmare. i-D // Plus: Zillennials — born between 1993 and 1998 — are obsessed with decade daydreaming, but what does their nostalgia mean? An expert explains. purewow

LEBRON JAMES’ SON, BRONNY JAMES, JOINS FAZE CLAN MEMBERS ON FIRST ‘SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’ COVER

FaZe Clan — the esports team (or is it an influencer marketing agency?) — is the first esports org to nab a Sports Illustrated cover. (My grandpa, who is no longer alive, was a lifetime SI subscriber and I can only imagine what he’d have to say about “video game athletes” on the cover on the longest running sports magazine in history*.) si via bck // Plus: Over the weekend, LeBron James and Drake both attended the season debut of Bronny, who’s also a high school basketball player in addition to being an esports athlete. espn

*don’t fact check me

GEN Z-FOCUSED E-COMMERCE PLATFORM JOINS LIVESTREAM PARTY

Verishop (“which positions itself as an Amazon challenger focused on ‘bringing joy’ back to online shopping with a focus on younger consumers”) is jumping into livestream and expanding their social shopping offerings. csa // Plus: I’m super curious about this Google-backed shopping app Glance — which reached unicorn status in December — that just bought Shop101 to expand into livestream shopping. bloomberg

COLLEGE BUT FOR INFLUENCERS

A Harvard for influencing does not yet exist—it’s only a matter of time—but the school of Tina Meeks comes close. newyorker // Related: Gen Z TikTokers Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson – who have a combined 53 million followers across social platforms – are starting their own marketing agency. thedrum

DO YOU WANT TO BE SAD, OR SKINNY? THE SLIPPERY SOLUTION OF WELLBUTRIN

Sierra, a 22-year-old who began taking Wellbutrin during her first year of college, described TikTok as a common place for people to hear about Wellbutrin as “the skinny horny zoom zoom antidepressant.” vice

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